Later, we walked to the Aladdin hill and another mosque, then returned via taxi for lunch at the Dervish hotel with the owner's older brother who had an international carpet business. That meant a trip to his office where we both photographed many carpets. However we excused ourselves once he began talking about his meeting up with an old love in Istanbul.
Time for another taxi trip to a tile museum followed by a walk to the Stone and Wood museum.
In one museum, I was excited and stunned to see a set of nesting bowls that is similar to a set of bowls I have at home in Minneapolis. Mine were bought as American Express premiums years ago and I always thought they were oriental. They are so precious to me that before I left for the Peace Corps, I had distributed my nesting bowls to 5 friends to keep while I was away. What a surprise to discover they were of Turkish design aka yes, oriental!
Always anticipating our next excursion, we bought bus tickets to Pammulke, then opted for pizza at Sifa restaurant in Konya. The Saturday evening performances by the Sufi was the primary reason for our visit to this out-of-the-way town. A new 2100-seat Cultural Center had been built for this, and we were not disappointed. We were joined by 2 Taiwanese tourists Debbie and Peggy who we had met earlier in the day. The evening ended with a round-about walk to our hotel looking for a place that sold Efes beer. To our disappointment, no alcohol in any shops.